Patriot News 12/23/21

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  The best times are the ones that aren’t always planned. While sitting in church tonight we had sung a number of classic Christmas songs: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Joy to the World”, and a few others, but the end of the night was what made me smile the most. While asking the children what songs they sang at their Christmas concerts this past week, Pastor Mike Jones was met with a loud chorus of voices yelling  “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” so that’s what song we ended with. Christmas joy at its best.

  Then everyone settled in for cake and ice cream because it’s not a birthday party without cake and ice cream. Laughter filled the church as we all convened for the night.

  Saturday night Santa made his yearly journey via a fire truck around town and to town hall for all the children to see. Before he came, people from all over Patriot gathered to have a wonderful meal together. In a time of uncertainty it is nice to know that some traditions are still going.

  Christmas is just a few days away, we have family coming in from Pennsylvania to celebrate with us. As I am sure many people in the area have family and friends coming home for the holidays.

  Home for the holidays — it’s something that so many people don’t have or never get to have.

  On the front page of the Vevay newspaper last week the veterans memorial monument that Mike Jones has been working on since this past 4th of July was featured. The names on this memorial are of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for God and Country. They have started taking donations for the completion and hope to have it done by the 4th of July celebration. If you would like to make a donation, please drop them off at town hall or mail them to Patriot Veteran Monument Project at PO Box 71, Patriot Indiana, 47038. This monument is a wonderful way to show our appreciation and gratitude to those men who were never able to come home for the holidays.

  With school out for the holidays, many people are traveling far and away, or even not so far but out with family and friends.

  Pat Jones and family spent Sunday evening with family at the Creation Museum and having dinner in lawrenceburg. There are so many wonderful things to do this time of year. If you have a chance to get out and experience the happiness of the Christmas season do it, like I said in a previous article the memories we make will last forever. So take a ride around town, go see some decorations, bake some cookies, watch a holiday movie while eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.

  If you are unable to leave your home find the joy inside, call an old friend, write a letter, or make your list of New Year’s Resolutions.

  “The magic of Christmas never ends, its greatest gifts are family and friends” — quote found on Pinterest.

  I hope and pray everyone has a wonderful and blessed Christmas full of laughter, hugs and love. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.l